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Budweiser Budvar - Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,362
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 20.17%
Wants: 44
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: grdahl on 06-22-2001

Exported to the US as Czechvar.
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Photo of ChrisCage
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This pours a very clear golden color with an initial one finger thick head, however, this dissipates very quickly. Carbonation seems to be reasonable and unassuming, which is different from the imposter Bud we think of as the original. Lacing is actually not bad, as small patches of foam cling to the side of the glass.

S- The aromas are floral, and full of malt, which is nice by comparison to what I was expecting. There is a distinct hop petal bitterness but its smooth and not in your face.....the malt is syrupy and somewhat honeyed....really nice and a very decent smelling Euro lager!

T- Oh this has flavor! There is a very sweet tone throughout the taste that is almost candied. Im not sure if in fact there is adjunct grains added, but the sweetness reminds me like its' been derived from corn/corn syrup, but it's not so distinctive. Floral/hopped finish, that is mild and grassy/grainy....not bad but could use a little more of a crisp finish....

M/O- For sure this is a summer time lager that is stupid easy to drink and drink some more! It is medium bodied, creamy and dare I say flabby?! Carbonation is fairly robust and the alcohol is hidden well.....would I drink this again...yeah, and do I think it's better than AB Bud....Yes! However, I would most definitely pick another Czech lager over this one....still, its good!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color, nice bubbly head. However, it quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
I served it from a can, which revealed a slightly metallic aroma. However, there was also some nice malt aromas and even a hint of floral and herbal tones.
Mostly malty sweet taste. Hops finish. Low carbonation and not as crisp as I would like.
Mostly bland but better than American Budweiser.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll say this: it matters where you're drinking this beer. Maybe that should go without saying, but I've had this dozens of times in Canada and been unimpressed. Poured fresh, in Czech Republic, though, it's another story entirely: crisper, hoppier, fresher. Better body.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served cool / cold from 500ml green bottle into Veltins pilsner mug.

I'm on a supermarket Czech pilsner flight tonight (Staropramen, Urquell, Budweiser); let's see how this one ranks.

L) Light to medium amber, clear, lots of bubbles. Head dissipates quickly to a patchy white film. Noticeably lighter in colour and inferior head to Staropramen and Urquell.

S) For a green bottle, no real skunk, which is a bonus. On the downside, the odour is flat lager malt, without the fragrant Saars hops of the Staropramen (in particular) and Urquell. Lacking.

T) A clean flavour, light with no bitterness and a fairly pleasant mild pilsner malt sweetness. Hints of wet brown paper in there.

F) Clean and refreshing, held back a bit with the slight sweetness.

O) Out of the three Czech Pilsners I've had tonight, this comes last. As always though, a thoroughly drinkable lager when cold. Steady, go for the dark lager if you can get it.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The first thing I noticed was the slightly skunky smell when I popped the cap but, once I got past that things were fine. Poured nicely with a white foamy head but, it didn't last long. Over-all taste and feel is OK but it's not something I'm going out of my way to look for.

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Photo of drmeto
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

-pours a clear golden with a medium-big,quickly dissipating,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-sweet honey malt,faint tartness,lemon,sulfur,spice,decent hop bitterniss
-medium carbonation,light body
Decent Pils,but too watery in the middle of the palate

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Photo of lazaunsound
4.87/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite among the pilsners. I never tasted beer with such great nuance of hop flavor. I once compared it with other pilsner beers and Bud had much more golden dimly color than the other one. Overall 4.75/5

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Photo of kevinlater
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint. canned on december 21, 2014. best before december 21, 2015. consumed on april 7, 2015. happy national beer day

a: transparent pale yellow with 3 fingers of slightly off-white head

s: sweet-smelling malty-crackery aroma with floral touches from the noble hops

t: follows the nose. crackers, grainy bread, mildly bitter floral hops, all enveloped by a honey-like sweetness

m: quite thin, with less-sharper-than-desired carbonation. would be nice if it had a drier finish too

o: the mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, but otherwise this is a tasty pils

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was so good that a certain American Brewer stole its name. It is light, clean and crisp with light grain flavors. Straw gold, effervescent with a crisp hop accent.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now there is probably a large amount of rose tinted glasses with my mark
this was quite often the only good lager and with most keg bitters being worse than cheap uk lagers
best beer in many good music venues
it a decent enough golden lager with plenty of malt flavour and aroma and a little bitter finish

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Photo of titvs
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Review based on the BJCP2008 (style 2B - Bohemian pilsner). Bottle 33 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: mild sweet and grainy aroma with some DMS. no floral hop aromas. APPEARANCE: gold color and translucent. thin creamy white head with average retention. TASTE: mild sweet grainy flavour. medium-low bitterness with a medium-dry finish. PALATE: medium-thin body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a bland bohemian pilsner. where are the Saaz hops? NOTE: the label says "Czech Imported Lager" wich we are inclined to believe this is a special batch without the hops. We have in memory that this beer is more hop intensive than this drinked example.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is the US version, Czechvar, the version that's exported to the US, with the name changed, so as to not confuse it with good ol' AB-InBev's Budweiser. This one is much better. Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a clear golden yellow, classic lager look. There's active bubbly carbonation going on throughout the session. There's a small wispy head, and a little bit of lacing sticking to the glass.

This smells like lager yeast, grains, grass, and some floral aromas.

This obviously doesn't taste all that bold, but it's a well-made, slightly spicy Czech pilsner. It definitely knocks the socks off regular US Bud. There's some bready malt, a bit more malty than the pilsners I've tried, with a crisp, crackery feel to it. The hop flavor is pretty apparent- there's a crisp, grassy and slightly spicy bite to this one with each sip. Everything goes well together, taste-wise. There's a distinct essence of lager yeast with each sip. It's slightly skunky, but not overwhelmingly so. It does slightly detract, though.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel. It's very drinkable.

It's really cool to finally be able to try this one.

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Photo of bdehoog
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a glass bottle into a plastic cup in my hotel room (In Alsace, France).

Really funky aroma. Powerful, hay and horse manure with fresh, damp prairie. Pain de campagne type breadiness. No residual sugar that I can tell.

This is a lot better than I remember it tasting a few years ago in the US. I do enjoy this quite a bit. The funkiness is by no means overwhelming but it is not a world class beer. Better than any american adjunct lager that I can think of, and with substantially more aromatics and character. I would definitely recommend this as a beer for beer's sake, nothing more.

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Photo of Freddy216b
4/5  rDev +10.5%

I don't have any notes from when I tried this beer but I do remember it being a good example of a pilsesner. I can recommend for anyone who enjoys them.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is simple but pleasant enough—some spicy, earthy hops and cookie sweetness. The body is a brilliantly clear amber with a dense, off-white head. The flavor has some of that subtle cookie sweetness along with a fair amount of tart bitterness and a touch of popcorn butter, especially as it warms up. The carbonation is moderate, and the body is light but fuller than a basic lager; smooth with a crisp bite.

Tasty and refreshing, albeit rather simple on the whole. There are at least no unwelcome aspects.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Poured with a finger and a half of head that stayed around decently but did not lace. The body is a clear brassy gold with very even steady carbonation.

Smell: Pretty run of the mill here, some meandering strawy malt with a dry mixed hop undertone and a slight tangerine note. There's nothing bad that stands out, but there's nothing spectacular here. Strength wise, it's average.

Taste: The beer starts with solid dose of plain, simple barley malt. It's very plain but it is oddly without straw like grassiness or corn like sweetness. It then turns to a crisp dusting of light dry hops. The entire beer is permeated by a peculiar citrus and soft fruit sensation, that's too nebulous to really identify, so it's likely some strange effect of the yeast at work. Simple but well done.

Mouthfeel: This is really where this beer shines, I'm not normally a fan of a dryness in beer, but this works. The aftertaste is that very light simple barley with a hop kick that crisply cleanses the palette. The carbonation turned a bit lax too quickly, but even then it helps out the entire beer.

Drinkability: The dryness I could see getting out of hand after a couple, but all in at the beer is refreshing, mild and light bodied and sits down admirably. That being said, plain will only take you so far.

Final Thoughts: All in all a good Pilsner, and the kind of beer that strikes me as the perfect "End of the work day" beer. Make no mistake though, there's nothing incredible about this beer, it's just a well made, simple Pilsner for quenching your thirst and easing your mind.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a golden amber, building a decent finger of head which drops quickly leaving no lacing at all.
The aroma I first encounter is one of earthy hops, almost a sour smell.
Tasting the lager I get the hops, however they are quite delicate, almost pushed aside by the malt. There is a fruitiness to the after that I cannot put my finger on.
The finish is a little dry and mildly bitter.

Its a good lager, but it is one with a mass produced, retail quality. I would not turn it down, nor would I purposely go looking for it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Labeled as 'Czechvar

Crystal clear gold color with lots of fine, slowly rising carbonation and a thick, creamy, white head (3.75). Grass and straw aroma with a bit of grain (3.5). Bright and grainy flavor with a bold bitterness underneath it all; a bit metallic and acidic (3.6). Medium bodied; crisp and dry finish (3.5).

It sure would be nice to have a fresh version of this beer. My sample is fair enough but one has no idea how it has traveled let alone when it was brewed and bottled. Still, it retains a noble hops smell and taste and actually leaves a slight warm bread grain flavor which is quite tasty. Drinkable and preferable to an American Budweiser.

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Photo of Nightwing
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from can. Aroma is grassy hay. Very clear golden color with white head. Light bitter taste. Light bodied, with lively carbonation, and a dry finish. Overall a nice crisp lager.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%

The fact that this beer (and style) are so neglected in the U.S. is really a shame. While I must admit that I drink ales almost exclusively, this is one of my favorite lagers. I have had it on tap in Prague and throughout Europe; in the can and the bottle. While drinking it at its source was better, this is still a crisply refreshing but spicy and complex classic out of the bottle or can. I strongly disagree with most of the reviews here.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is THE Czech pilsner! I first had this beer in Europe where they called it Budweiser. Here in the good old US a beer that has been made for hundreds of years has to change the name to Czechvar because of corporate lawsuits. Anyway, this is a great beer. It has all the characteristics of a pilsner. A little malty, a slight bit of hoppiness, but its very grassy and a wonderful summer quaff. It is one of those beers you could session easily and very enjoyable on a warm summer evening, although its not really that way at the moment in these parts. Do yourself a favor and try this beer, its a true classic.

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a vanishingly brief head.

Aroma of vegetal, grassy hops and doughy pale malt.

Crisp, off-dry and slightly tart, with brisk grassy noble hops over a soft crackery pils malt base. Clean, simple, and refreshing, with no flaws. Very slight hint of sulfur in the background.

Feather-light and almost watery, emphasis here is on drinkability.

Overall, a fine quaffable pilsner. Apparently over-hyped, perhaps owing to its name conflict with the fizzy American swill, but leaving all that aside it's still a quite nice pale lager in its own right.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear straw yellow
Smell: nice light grass hops
Taste: light hop presence up front with well balanced malt
Overall: solid beer, represents the style well. Prefer Czech pils to German as they showcase the hops much better IMHO, Czechvar is a good example of this. My only dislike is that it went flat fast. Maybe I was just drinking too slow (I know that's what you were thinking).

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Today is 6th June 2014 and my bottle's best before date is 17th April 2015 so it is quite fresh.
I poured super aggressively as I have had this before and the head was non existent. This one had really decent lacing. The colour is a nice golden lager colour. The smell is pleasant but not strong. Grainy with a very subtle floral saaz hop note. This beer was a great change from Heineken and Carlsberg when it first came to England many years ago. Nowadays it's arguable that German Pilsners and some other Euro lagers that are widely available are as good if not better than this. It's quite good and quite enjoyable but not particularly special. An ok choice but I'd rather have Slovakia's Zlaty Bazant. Perla Cmielowa fron Poland and Ursus from Romania are both a bit more flavoursome.

My mark out of one hundred would be 77.

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Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear straw-gold with thin cap of off-white small bubbled head with a small ridge of lacing at the top of the glass.

S: Slightly sulfuric with a reasonably clean lager nose with pilsner graininess and soft floral hops. Not as hoppy as many Bohemian pilsners.

T: THe flavor is middle of the road with a less crisp than expected pilsner grain flavor followed by floral and mildly spicy noble hopping. No yeast character and easy to drink, but a little dull.

M: A little flabby and not as crisp as it should be which makes the body seem more full than it should be as well. Carbonation is medium -- probably should be a little higher.

O: Kind of disappointing but still easy to drink, but nothing much to recommend it easier. DOesn't hold a candle to Pilsner Urquell.

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Budweiser Budvar from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
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